Forest Grove Police Department Becomes Eighth Public Safety Agency in Oregon to Implement Innovative eSOPH Background Investigation Software from Miller Mendel

August 15, 2019

Forest Grove Police Department Becomes Eighth Public Safety Agency in Oregon to Implement Innovative eSOPH Background Investigation Software from Miller Mendel

Forest Grove, OR.   The Forest Grove Police Department recently joined the long list of public safety agencies around the country, including seven agencies in Oregon, that have implemented Miller Mendel’s eSOPH, the #1 pre-employment background investigation software. 

Other agencies already using eSOPH in Oregon include the Oregon Department of Corrections, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsboro Police Department, the Milwaukie Police Department, the Scappoose Police Department, the Vernonia Police Department, and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

eSOPH, which stands for electronic Statement of Personal History, has been used by city, county and state police agencies to conduct over 60,000 pre-employment public safety background investigations. It is specifically designed for the public safety pre-employment background investigation process, with public safety agencies using the system estimating a time savings ranging from 30 percent to 60 percent per investigation, and a significant reduction in the use of costly administrative resources such as paper, ink, postage and filing space. 

The Forest Grove Police Department expects to process at least 5 pre-employment background investigations over a 12-month period using the time and resource saving eSOPH program. The eSOPH transition project was led by Detective Darren Pomeroy.

eSOPH has created hiring efficiencies for public safety agencies in the western United States, including Oregon, California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Agencies in Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and beyond have also implemented eSOPH.


Forest Grove, Oregon is located about 25 miles west of Portland and prides itself on being “A place where families and businesses thrive.” It was the first city in Washington County, and is home to more than 20,000 residents.

The Forest Drive Police Department comprises 37 sworn and non-sworn staff. The sworn staff includes one chief, 19 patrol officers, three patrol sergeants, two detectives, one detective sergeant, and one school resource officer. The non-sworn staff support members includes two records specialists, one code enforcement officer, and one community outreach specialist. The department is driven by its mission to “consistently strive towards making Forest Grove a safe place to live, work, play and visit, and to contribute to the economic prosperity of our community through professional and responsive high-quality law enforcement services to our citizens and visitors.”


Miller Mendel, Inc. (“MMI”) creates, sells and supports its software technology solutions for local, state and federal public safety agencies, and is the holder of two patents (U.S. Patent No. 9070098 and U.S. Patent No. 10043188) related to the features of its flagship product, eSOPH. Our primary focus is to turn past practices used by city, county and state government into efficient and cost-effective electronic solutions. MMI is known for creating category leading systems and providing responsive, exceptional support to all our clients. We place great pride in straightforward and transparent operational practices that foster a high level of respect and praise from our government clients.

Miller Mendel Contact:
Tyler Miller

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